Mary Calcatera, Academic Specialist


Mary Calcatera (Sault Ste. Marie Ojibwe), graduate of Michigan State University, Academic Specialist at the Native American Institute, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at MSU., active in American Indian initiatives on MSU‘s campus and the Michigan tribal community. Previous projects have included the development of the Aanii Program, Michigan Indian Leadership Program/ Youth Retreat, American Indian Headstart Program, and American Indian Healthy Babies Initiative.

Justin Morrill Hall of Agriculture 
Michigan State University
446 W. Circle Dr. Room 412C  
East Lansing, MI 48824 
Phone: 517-353-9757 
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Dr. Christie M. Poitra, Academic Specialist—Outreach & Research


I am deeply committed to community and school capacity building, and issues of diversity and equity in education. I have unique skill sets in the areas of Indigenous education, community outreach, and K-12 school leadership. I was an elementary teacher at a reservation public school. I have also worked in a number of tribal, university, K-12 school, district, non-profit and foundation settings on educational issues and the needs of diverse learners. I hold a PhD in Educational Policy from the Michigan State University College of Education. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Studies from UC Berkeley, and my Master of Arts degree in American Indian Studies from UCLA.

Phone: 517-353-6632
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